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Date:November 4th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
Is registration actually necessary? My (not-a-lawyer) understanding of the Berne Convention is that copyright is assumed to be inherent once a written work is created: registration might make proving authorship a smidge easier, but that's about it.

(And of course, the fact that the idiot admitted to lifting the article hopefully makes the question moot.)
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Date:November 4th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
Registration is not necessary for ownership of copyright. The author owns what they've written from the moment it is written down. However, registration is necessary to bring a suit in the U.S., since it clearly proves ownership of the work. You can't ask for statutory damages without registration, and statutory damages are often/usually higher than the actual damages in a case like this one.
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